Journal article

Privacy-Preserving Constrained Quadratic Optimization with Fisher Information

F Farokhi

IEEE Signal Processing Letters | IEEE | Published : 2020

Abstract

Noisy (stochastic) gradient descent is used to develop privacy-preserving algorithms for solving constrained quadratic optimization problems. The variance of the error of an adversary's estimate of the parameters of the quadratic cost function based on iterates of the algorithm is related to the Fisher information of the noise using the Cramér-Rao bound. This motivates using the Fisher information as a measure of privacy. Noting that the performance degradation in noisy gradient descent is proportional to the variance of the noise, a measure of utility is defined to be equal to the variance of the noise. Trade-off between privacy and utility is balanced by minimizing the Fisher information s..

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